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Rico Malvar at Microsoft Research Redmond in 2008.

Henrique "Rico" S. Malvar (born 1957[1] in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a Distinguished Engineer, senior signal processing researcher, and current Managing Director of Microsoft Research's largest laboratory in Redmond, Washington, USA.[2] He assumed the role following the departure of long-time Managing Director Dan Ling in 2007, and oversees about 350 researchers.[3][4]

History and contributions

Malvar earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Brasília and his master's degree at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1986, where his thesis was on "Optimal pre- and post-filtering in noisy sampled-data systems,"[5] and served as a visiting professor at MIT for the next year. From 1979 to 1993, Malvar was a faculty member at the University of Brasília, where he founded and headed the Digital Signal Processing Research Group[6][7] (in Portuguese, Grupo de Processamento Digital de Sinais or GPDS[8]).

In industry, Malvar served as vice president of Research and Advanced Technology at PictureTel from 1985 to 1987[1] (which has since been acquired by Polycom). In Fall 1997, he joined Microsoft Research where he co-founded and managed the Signal Processing research group, now the Communication and Collaboration Systems and Knowledge Tools groups. He was a Redmond lab director from 2004 to 2007 before stepping up to become Managing Director.[6]

At Microsoft, Malvar contributed to the development of audio coding and digital rights management for the Windows Media Audio, Windows Media Video, and HD Photo formats, as well as to a variety of tools for signal analysis and synthesis.[6][9]

As of December 2008, he has published over 150 technical articles and has been issued over 80 patents.[2]

Editorial and committee positions

Malvar has served as an editor or committee member for the following journals, conferences, and organizations:[6]

Titles and awards

Malvar holds the following prestigious titles and awards:[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Henrique S. Malvar Biographical Summary". Collaboration Working Group. Defense Technical Information Center. 1996. Retrieved 5 December 2008. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Henrique "Rico" Malvar". Microsoft Research user pages. Microsoft. August 2008. Retrieved 5 December 2008. 
  3. "Director of Microsoft Research's Redmond lab to retire". nwsource. 5 March 2007. Retrieved 5 December 2008. 
  4. "The Power Inside". Redmond Magazine. October 2005. Retrieved 5 December 2008. 
  5. H. S. Malvar. Optimal pre- and post-filtering in noisy sampled-data systems. Ph.D. thesis. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass, USA. September 1986.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 "Henrique Malvar". Microsoft Research: Press Resources. Microsoft. 2007. Retrieved 5 December 2008. 
  7. "Histórico do Grupo de Processamento Digital de Sinais - GPDS". Universidade de Brasília. 20 February 2006. Retrieved 5 December 2008. 
  8. "GPDS - Grupo de Processamento Digital de Sinais". Universidade de Brasília. Retrieved 5 December 2008. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Rico Malvar". PressPass - Information for Journalists. Microsoft. 14 September 2007. Retrieved 5 December 2008. 

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